Radwanska beats Vera Dushevina to reach Seoul semis


Sat, Sep 21, 2013 - Page 20

Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland advanced to the semi-finals of the Korea Open yesterday with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-0 win over Vera Dushevina of Russia.

Radwanska, making her debut in the Seoul tournament, took advantage of six double-faults in the match and will next face Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena in the semi-finals.

Arruabarrena beat local favorite Jang Su-jeong of South Korea 6-0, 6-4.

Also, Italy’s Francesca Schiavone rallied from a set down to beat Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

The 42-year-old Japanese player won the tournament in 2009, a year into her comeback after retiring from the professional circuit nearly 12 years earlier.

In yesterday’s other quarter-final Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia beat Romania’s Irina -Camelia Begu 6-2, 6-2.

In the doubles semi-finals top seeded pair Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears of the US defeated fourth seeds Janette Husarova of Slovakia, and Arantxa Parra Santonja of Spain 6-3, 6-2.

Today’s other semi-final features Taiwan’s Chan Chin-wei and China’s Xu Yi-fan, who will face Megan Moulton-Levy of the US and Japan’s Shuko Aoyama.

The unseeded Taiwanese/Chinese duo defeated Japan’s Erika Sema and Yurika Sema 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (11-9) in the quarter-finals on Thursday.



Taiwanese-American qualifier Vania King reached the Guangzhou Open final by beating Zheng Jie of China 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 yesterday.

King will face Zhang Shuai in the final after the Chinese wild-card defeated Yvonne Meusburger of Austria 6-1, 6-1.

All seeded players, including reigning champion Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan, were eliminated before the semi-finals.

In yesterday’s doubles semi-finals top seeds Hsieh and Peng Shuai defeated Taiwanese sisters Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan. The Wimbledon champions won 7-6 (7/1), 6-3.

Additional reporting by staff writer